Germany is taking steps toward allowing shale fracking, Bloomberg News reports.
Bloomberg News writes: " ...The legislation would outlaw fracking in water protection areas and near drinking water wells and would make environmental impact studies mandatory for new projects, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said in a joint letter obtained by Bloomberg News. The measures would permit the technique in non-restricted areas and provide “a unified legal situation,” the ministers wrote.
" ... Fracking is politically and environmentally contentious in Germany as federal elections loom on Sept. 22. The main opposition Social Democrats have called for a temporary ban on the practice while their Green Party allies want to outlaw it altogether. Chancellor Angela Merkel last week suggested the government may be open to the technology even as Bild reported that Altmaier wanted to ban the practice."
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